Anne Champion published her first collection of poetry, Reluctant Mistress, with Gold Wake Press in February. She has recently had poems appear in Dressing Room Poetry Journal, New South, and Verse Daily. Stone Highway Review nominated her poem “In Your Twenties” for a Pushcart Prize. Additionally, she took a foray away from poetry and wrote a feature article defending the merits of Honey Boo Boo Child, which was published by PopMatters Magazine. She has also recently written book reviews for PANK magazine, Ploughshares, Pleiades, Rattle, and LitBridge.
Susannah Clark published her essay “Write What You Know” in Inman Review (Vol. 5).
Amy Fant published her poem “The Night Matthew Tried to End the Life of a Dying Deer” in Cumberland River Review.
Colleen Fullin published her story “The Break” in Black Fox Literary Magazine.
Steve Himmer published his story “Hard K” (excerpted from the anthology Hair Lit Vol. 1) at Vol. 1 Brooklyn, and “Three Arctic Relics,” a novel excerpt, at 3:AM Magazine. He presented with Louis Bayard, Keith Donahue, and Amber Sparks on the panel “Whose History is It, Anyway? Writing Historical Fiction in a Post-Modern World” at Conversations and Connections: Practical Advice on Writing at Johns Hopkins University’s Washington, DC campus in April.
Jon Irwin was made a staff writer at Kill Screen, a videogame arts and culture company, after two years of being a regular contributor. His recent pieces there include “On Sifteo”, and “Luigi’s Fear.”
Victoria Large published her story “Summer at the Murder House” at Monkeybicycle, and “Before the Earth Shook” in Carve Magazine. “Before the Earth Shook” also received an Honorable Mention in Carve‘s Esoteric Awards Contest.
Amy Lester, Angie Sarhan, and Abby Travis (with help from Beth Parfitt) presented on the panel “Showcasing the Work of a First-Year Writing Program: Building Community and Transferable Skills” at the University of Connecticut’s Freshman English Conference on the Teaching of Writing, “Collaboration and Conversation” in April.
Emily Neeves has been hired as an editorial assistant in the reference division of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Beth Parfitt presented, “Case Study: Boston—Bridging Student Narratives with Service Learning,” at the Northeast Modern Language Association Annual Convention in Boston, MA in March. She was also an invited speaker at the the Cengage Learning TeamUP English Composition Conference in Chicago in April, where she presented “Creating an Online Space for Writing in the Composition Classroom.”
Miranda Roberson has three poems in the new issue of Red Weather, a literary journal published by Minnesota State University Moorhead (her alma mater).
Miranda Roberson, Laura Tetreault, and Abby Travis presented on the panel “Interdisciplinary Composition: Writing Beyond the Classroom + Complications to an Alliance between Composing and Creative Writing” at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate Student Conference, “Talking Beyond Disciplines: Rising Tides and Sea Changes” in April.
Wes Rothman has had book reviews and criticism recently appeared in or accepted by The Rumpus, The Los Angeles Review of Books, On the Seawall, RATTLE, Newcity, The Los Angeles Review, and the Ploughshares blog. Poems have recently appeared in or been accepted by The Rumpus, Salamander, and Harpur Palate. The Bellingham Review nominated his poem from last fall’s issue for a Pushcart, and he was accepted to UMass Boston’s English MA program. He gave a paper on blues poetics at the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers annual conference in Athens, GA, and will be reading Saturday, May 4, at the Mass Poetry Festival in Salem with Salamander Magazine.
Wes Rothman and Abby Travis (with Curtis Ryan Purdue, Kelly Forsythe, and Jenniver Lagedrost) presented on the panel “Young Writers in Publishing: How Passion Fuels Professionalism” at AWP in March.
Sebastian Stockman reviewed books for The Kansas City Star and HTMLGiant, and wrote two essays on personal finance for LearnVest.
Laura Tetreault is going on to the PhD program in Rhetoric and Composition at the University of Louisville, where she is the recipient of a University Fellowship. This semester she completed her MFA thesis, a nonfiction book titled End Times: The 21st Century Apocalypse in Secular America. She also presented a paper, “Complications to an Alliance Between Composition and Creative Writing,” at the English Graduate Student Association Conference at Northeastern University.
Abby Travis received runner-up in Emerson’s Graduate Writing Nonfiction Award for her essay, “They Say.”